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Summer 2015 Print Edition Of Environmental Monitor Is In The Mail

The Summer 2015 print edition of the Environmental Monitor is on the way to subscribers this month. Our quarterly print editions feature the best of the Monitor’s online content and update stories with new graphics. In the process of putting together the magazine, we also throw in new content including infographics, featured photos and a roundup of all the latest monitoring gear. If you don’t have a print subscription, you can sign up for a free one here . The newest issue is also available as a PDF . A series of stories in this issue follows research and science on the Ohio River, a waterway that has been incredibly important to the country’s history yet ranks among the nation’s most polluted.

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Inland Lake Monitoring

Chapter Overview: Lake Management Types of Lakes Limnological Concerns A Real-Time Solution Typical Inland Lake Monitoring System Monitoring Location Data Management Quality Assurance Recommended Equipment Why Monitoring Matters Lakes and ponds of any size are complex ecosystems with numerous inputs and outputs that can impact water quality in subtle or drastic ways. Whether the lake is man-made, with a focus on recreational fishing and watersport, or a habitat naturally formed from ancient glacial or tectonic activity, understanding the hydrological parameters that contribute to a lake’s health is important for proper management.

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Restocking Brings Cutthroat Trout Back To Banff National Park’s Rainbow Lake

A lake in Canada’s Banff National Park may have to be renamed after a successful restocking of westslope cutthroat trout there, according to the Calgary Herald . The lake, called Rainbow Lake, once held non-native rainbow trout, a problem that fisheries biologists with Parks Canada have remedied following a four-year project. Parks Canada has been working since 2011 to rid the lake of the non-native rainbows, using electrofishing and gill nets to pull them out. Before that time, rainbow trout had expanded their populations so much that native cutthroats there simply couldn’t thrive. In a video posted on the News Calgary website, Mark Taylor, an aquatics ecologist at Banff National Park, describes how the problem of non-native trout grew.

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Heidelberg University Launches Lake Erie Algae Website

Officials at Heidelberg University’s National Center for Water Quality Research have launched a new website to communicate issues harming the health of Lake Erie to the public, according to The Sandusky Register . The website is located at LakeErieAlgae.com and contains information on the past and present problems facing the lake with an emphasis on phosphorus runoff. “Decades of monitoring have led to an inescapable conclusion: Phosphorus runoff, primarily from agricultural lands, is feeding explosive cyanobacterial growth in the warm, shallow waters of the (lake’s) western basin,” reads an introduction on the website.

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